Egyptian stone head of the god Ptah, Late Period, 712-332 BC
Male head with tight-fitting cap and strong back skull. The head shows strong cheeks and chin, the mouth is broad with thick lips, the eyes are almond-shaped and slightly bulbous in appearance. Nose and ears carefully modeled.
The striated false beard is fixed with attachment bands.
Ink inscription M 1880 along the neck (perhaps month March/May and acquisition year).
The cap and the false beard support the idea that the head represents Ptah, the Egyptian creator god and the patron deity of Egypt's capital city, Memphis.
Egyptian, Late Period, 712-332 BC
H. 2.7 cm (1.1 in)
H. with stand 7.9 cm (3.1 in)
Broken at the neck level. The highly polished surface chipped and sintered in places. Traces of bronze oxides on the calotte. Superb carving.
Hessian private collection F. S., acquired during the 1960ies to 1970ies.
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.